Marlene Dietrich on How To Stay Lovely


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January 21, 1959, Vol. IV, No. 13

About Marlene Dietrich

By John Wilcock

Marlene Dietrich has been recording radio spots for NBC’s “Monitor” lately, giving advice to people who write to tell her their problems, and so — at the request of a Canadian magazine for which I write regularly — I went over to interview her last Thursday. She lives on Park Avenue in the 80’s…

She concedes that looking attractive is a full-time job for a woman — and a job to be done in private. (Among my notes is a quote from a ladies’ room attendant who says in 20 years she’s never seen Dietrich fix her make-up, even her lipstick.)

Tawny-haired and impeccably dressed, Dietrich is usually on lists of the world’s best-dressed women. The question most interviewers ask her, she says, is how she manages to stay so lovely; but surprisingly enough, none of her fan mail asks her that. Standard reply to press people: “I don’t try.” She wore Army fatigues and a G.I. helmet while entertaining troops up at the front during the war.

“Since the war many more people come up and talk to me,” she says. “Girls in department stores where I shop ask me for advice, and taxi drivers, too. Before the war they didn’t talk to me. I think they believed I was always lying around in baths of champagne.”

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